Kane named England captain for World Cup

By Martyn Herman LONDON, May 22 : Striker Harry Kane will wear the captain’s armband for England at next month’s World Cup, ending speculation about who would lead Gareth Southgate’s squad in Russia. The announcement was made in a video published on Twitter in which Southgate said Tottenham Hotspur’s Kane had “outstanding leadership” qualities. England’s […]

Boost for Liverpool as Can returns to training ahead of final

By Simon Evans LIVERPOOL, England, May 21 : Liverpool’s German international midfielder Emre Can, who has missed the past two months with injury, returned to training ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid. Can trained with the Liverpool squad on Monday and his return to fitness is a boost for Klopp whose midfield […]

Nainggolan left out of Belgium World Cup squad

By Alastair Macdonald TUBIZE, Belgium, May 21 : Belgium coach Roberto Martinez left AS Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan out of his squad for next month’s World Cup in Russia, insisting on Monday it was a purely tactical move and not due to past clashes over discipline. The Spaniard sprung a surprise by not naming his […]

Russian agency offers fake restaurant reviews ahead of World Cup

By Polina Ivanova and Natalia Shurmina MOSCOW, May 21 : A Russian marketing agency has offered to help restaurants in cities hosting the soccer World Cup use fake reviews to bump up ratings on review site TripAdvisor, the agency’s owner has confirmed. Marketing company Bacon Agency says it can circumvent TripAdvisor’s algorithm for detecting fraudulent […]

Arzani dreaming of World Cup berth after Socceroos swerve

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, May 21 : Melbourne City teenager Daniel Arzani has shown a knack for dancing past defenders in the Australian top flight but his most telling off-field evasion might be sidestepping the country of his birth for the lure of a World Cup ticket with the Socceroos. The Iran-born 19-year-old spent his […]